As the name suggests, the vineyard block had been used previously to excavate gravel to construct the roads within the hills of the Ferguson Valley.Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam.
A style which exudes vibrancy, juicy and spicy character, matched to a full flavoured and complex palate.
Star Anise and black pepper, red strawberry and plum, lifted and fragrant,
Fresh lively palate of black satsuma plum and dark berries supported by fine, long silky tannins.
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced predominately from the Gravel Pit block which was planted in 1998.
Fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged twice daily at temperatures averaging 28 degrees. Winemaking encourages deep and dense structures, but with spice and minerality.
A cold and wet Spring in 2016 shaped a milder vintage in 2017, which was further interupted by Ferbruary and March rains.
The resulting conditions led to a lengthy ripening period, and a 2-3 week delay to start of vintage.
Lower temperatures at ripening are beneficial to retain freshness and elegance, and wines of lower alcohol and crisp acidity.